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Re: 24 gigs

In a message dated 11/1/99 2:31:43 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
dguimon1@san.rr.com writes:

> Anyone have recent experience with receiving Oscar 11 at 2401.5?

Hi Dave,

Fired up the Drake 2880 today and monitored the 1908 UTC pass of UO-11. It's 
there! My system consists of a Bob Myers 2.4G dish, Drake 2880 with standard 
mods to output in the 2M band. This feeds a Yaesu 290R MKII 2M IF with 
internal muTek preamp. I found my Drake has too much gain on 2M so I run 
RG-58 down the tower (75') to the shack. Even with this cable I still insert 
15 dB of pad to get the S meter on the 290 to read around S1. The pass was 57 
degrees max today. At its highest (and closest) point, I was seeing almost 
S4. I heard the beacon most of the way though the pass, only missing ~8 
degrees near the horizon mostly due to trees. (Not all the leaves have come 
down yet) I've decided to not add a 2.4G preamp ahead of the Drake. UO-11 is 
_real_ weak. P3D should have a ton more signal so I may not need a preamp. 
Time will tell. BTW, the doppler was 110 KHz!!! Keep your hand on the tuning 
knob, or better yet, computer control the doppler.

Mike, N1JEZ
AMSAT #29649
Local Area Coordinator
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